Tower Notes

Centre Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

We Welcome Everyone: An "Open & Affirming" Church
Handicap Accessible

Phone: (781) 334-3050; Fax: (781) 334-6463; Email:
5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts 01940

The Rev. Dr. Dennis C. Bailey, Pastor -
Jill Couillard & Barbara Langill - Directors of Christian Education & Youth Ministry -

Douglas W. Hodgkins: Organist/Choir Director
Sally MacDonald, Director of Tower Day School
Susan Spear, Secretary

November 21, 2007



An Iroquois Prayer (adapted)

We return thanks to our mother the earth which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs
which furnish us with medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn,
and to her sisters, the beans and the squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the wind which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness
and who directs all things for the good of her children.
May God bless us as we encounter and share God’s word in many ways

Earth Prayers from Around the World
Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon, ed.



Sunday, November 25, 2007
I Corinthians 12:1-11, Mark 14:3-9

10:00 A.M. Morning Worship

Sermon by Jeff Langill
“Saddling the Gift Horse”

Children may worship with families for the entire service.

Centre Church’s Worship Services are broadcast on Lynnfield Cable Channel 10 (Comcast) or Channel 28 (Verizon) on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and also on Peabody Cable Channel 10 on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.




Rotation Sensation

There will be no Nursery, Rotation Workshops or Weekly Seeds on November 25 due to the long holiday weekend.



Youth Group News

Twenty-four youth and adults enjoyed seeing the movie, “Fred Claus” this past Sunday. Thank you to all the chaperones and to the drivers for making this a fun night for all! There will be no Youth Group meetings until December 9th.



Open and Affirming Film Festival

11:30 AM - November 25th 2007

On July 4, 2005, the 25th General Synod of the United Church of Christ adopted a resolution, "In support of marriage equality for all.” We will view “Sacred Covenants Faithful Conversations” in the Fireside Room at 11:30 on November 25. This video resource is for individuals, congregations, and other groups wishing to study marriage equality as called for in the resolution. It is an excellent companion to the study resource, "God is Still Speaking about Marriage" recommended by General Synod 25. All are welcome and we will have a roundtable discussion afterwards.



Recycling Fundraiser - Sat., Nov. 24

Don’t forget to bring your unused or unwanted computer monitors, appliances, televisions, etc. to the High School Youth Group Recycling Drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, November 24. Members of the Youth Group will be on hand to unload your items. You will save money (the Town of Lynnfield charges $25.00 for computer monitors and bulk items) and help raise funds for the High School Mission Trip. We will also have on hand a “computer hard drive destruction team” - no need to worry about throwing away your hard drive - all information will be destroyed. A special pick- up service for seniors is available - please call the church office to make arrangements or if you have questions. Our Rates:

  • $5.00 – Microwaves, garbage disposals, printers, telephones, DVD players, video games and computers (hard drive destroyed at no extra cost)
  • $10.00 – Computer Monitors
  • $15.00 – TVs, Air Conditioners, Stoves, Washers, Dryers and Refrigerators.



A Concert by Blue of a Kind

Membership Ministries is hosting a concert by Blue of a Kind, a North Shore A Capella Group
Saturday December 8, 2007 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Come and join us in the Chapel for an excellent evening of musical entertainment.

Donation: $10

Please stay after the performance for dessert and coffee in the Fireside Room.



Opportunities for Holiday Giving

This year Outreach Ministries is offering several opportunities for holiday giving.

  • We will be collecting gifts under the Christmas Tree for residents of the Crombie Street Mission-socks, underwear, sweatshirts, hats and mittens of all sizes, along with any other appropriate clothing.   Please leave the gifts unwrapped.
  • Donations collected through the Christmas Cards will be sent to the City Mission Society.
  • The Outreach portion of the Christmas Offering will be divided between Haven from Hunger and the North Shore Community Action Plan for their fuel assistance program.



Meals for the Spiritually Hungry

Can you help support the Confirmation Class by providing lunch for them one Sunday? Food for 26 confirmands and their sponsors is needed at 11:30 a.m. in the church kitchen on the following dates.

  • December 16, January 6 and 27
  • February 24, March 2, 16 and 30

Please feel free to contact Rev. Bailey if you wish more information and would like to sign up to help in this way. 781-334-3050 or Thanks!



Claxton Fruitcake

Available on Sunday following church
from members of the Get-Together Wheel.

Cost: $4.00 each.



Advent Workshop – December 2

The Advent Workshop will be held in place of Rotation Workshops on Sunday, December 2. We invite all children through the 5th grade to come and enjoy a morning of activities and fun. 6th-8th graders are invited to come work on a special mission project.

All High School Youth are asked to meet in Richards Hall on the morning of December 2. We are asking for your assistance in helping with the cookie swap. Set up and final preparations will need to be made at that time. All high school youth are asked to bring 2 dozen of their favorite cookies.



Cookie Swap

Our annual fundraiser cookie swap is set for Sunday, December 2 in Richards Hall. Everyone is asked to donate a dozen or two of their favorite cookies to this event. After church we ask everyone to come down, buy a decorated box and fill it up with treats. All money raised will go toward the National Youth Event and the Mission Trip planned for the High School Youth. (Cookies may be dropped off before the service in Richards Hall)



Cat’s Meow Replicas

The High School Youth Group is selling wooden replicas of Centre Church by Cat’s Meow. These collectibles will be on sale for $20.00.

Please fill out the enclosed order form and return to the church office by December 16. They will also be on sale after church on Sunday, December 2.



Rada Knife Sales

It’s not too late to purchase Rada Cutlery. Catalogs are available in the church office so that you may see the full product line. We will be placing our order on December 3 to be sure of delivery by Christmas. You may also order online by going to and entering our group information: Internet Ordering # 501006 and Password: 5summer.



Centre Church Calendars Available

Centre Church has a beautiful 2008 spiral-bound calendar for sale which features artwork and photography by church members. You may purchase one for $10.00 in the church office.



Heifer Living Gift Market

We will be holding our annual Heifer Market on Sunday, December 2, following worship.   At the Market, you can “buy” animals such as chicks, bees, llamas, and goats.

You are all invited to join us for this alternative giving opportunity.  You’ll have the chance to give a meaningful Christmas gift to someone special in your life and simultaneously give an extraordinary, life-altering gift to someone you will never meet.  What holiday sweater could do all that?   Change the world in the name of someone you love!

Sandi Watson, Heifer Coordinator



News From Around the Parish

We extend our love and sympathy to the family and friends of Frederick Carroll who died on November 18. His funeral will be held on November 28 at 11:00 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home in Wakefield.



From the Mailbox

Dear Centre Church friends, Thank you for your prayers and good wishes I received during my recovery from knee replacement surgery. These and Dennis’ visits brought me much cheer. Sincerely, Marion Edkins



Looking Ahead

December 2 – First Sunday of Advent

December 16 – 6:30 p.m. Christmas Concert

December 23 – 10:00 a.m. Christmas Pageant

December 24 – 5:00 p.m. Candlelight Service

December 24 – 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service




If you would like to donate poinsettias to help grace the sanctuary this Christmas, please fill out the form available by clicking here and returning it to the office by Monday, December 4.



Centre Congregational Church Collectible

If you would like to order a Cat’s Meow® miniature depicting Centre Church, please fill out the form available by clicking here and return it to the church office or to Barbara Langill.






November 25
10:00 am
11:30 am
Morning Worship - Sanctuary
No Rotations & Nursery
ONA Film Series – Fireside Room
November 27
7:00 pm Knitting Group – Fireside Room
November 28
7:00 pm Parish Council – Pastor’s Office
November 29
7:30 pm Senior Choir - Choir Room
November 30
10:30 am Scripture Study - Pastor's Office


Our thoughts and prayers are with:

  • Jack Orrall at Melrose Wakefield Hospital
  • Dorothy Robinson in hospice care – 8041 Watson Road, Lantana TX 76226
  • Elva Batchelder and Edith Reed at Rosewood Nursing and Rehab. Center, 22 Johnson St., W. Peabody, 01960
  • Barbara Bean at Sutton Hill Center, 1801 Turnpike St., North Andover, 01845
  • Faith Miller, Doug Hodgkins’ step-sister
  • Peter Perkins, Sara Perkins’ son
  • Muriel Badger, (new address) River Court Residency, Apt. 227, 8 West Main Street, Groton, MA 01472
  • Glady Davis, Haven Health Care, 20 Chester Road, Derry, NH 03038
  • Hal Holappa at the Veterans’ Hospital, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford, 01730
  • Helen Miller at The Meadows at Edgewood - Mail: c/o Susan Rielly, 492 Pearl St., Brockton, MA 02301.

We also remember Greg Lengyel and Paul Folkins in Iraq.


Sunday, November 25, 2007
Head Usher: Linda Ladd
Greeter: Betty Hayter
Coffee Hour: Ginny Daniels and Harriet Holt
Altar Flowers: Edie and Earl Richard
Flower Delivery: Karen Harrington and Marjorie Potter